Miami MedTech —Dr. Pedro Martinez-Clark's initiative to create a medical innovation ecosystem in South Florida— received the first Lifees Award at eMerge Americas 2016

The Lifees are a way of honoring those companies that are helping to transform South Florida into a life sciences epicenter. The Miami MedTech initiative —co-founded by Dr. Pedro Martinez-Clark and Max Mendez— is Interventional Concepts' product development initiative in Miami that allows local (and Latin American) innovators to fulfill their dreams of bringing new medical technologies with global impact to market.

Miami MedTech's goal is to address the need for a regional initiative to foster healthcare innovation in the region by using the full potential of private-academic partnerships to yield the perfect incubator type ecosystem for inventive doctors, nurses, researchers and healthcare entrepreneurs to realize the commercial potential of their medical device ideas. Miami MedTech was founded by Dr. Pedro Martinez Clark, board certified Interventional Cardiologist and Mr. Max Mendez, a medical device developer and former FIU student in mechanical engineering, both of which have vast experience in medical innovation.

Miami MedTech is developing a cardiovascular device derived from an innovative procedure first described by Dr. Martinez-Clark's team that will enable 150,000 otherwise ineligible patients to benefit from receiving treatment with cardiovascular devices with a far less invasive approach. Miami MedTech is continuously working with local and international innovators, specifically from their unique clinical network in Latin America to develop a strong portfolio of projects and products with tremendous impact in global healthcare. This initiative significantly expands and strengthens Miami as the technology and innovation hub of the Americas.

Life Sciences South Florida (LSSF), whose members include leaders of the top educational, economic development and research institutions in the region, seeks to establish an industry cluster in South Florida focused on life sciences, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and information technology. Launched in 2010, LSSF is overseen by Florida International University’s Office of Engagement. LSSF created the awards with Startupbootcamp, TopLineMD, Florida International University’s Office of Research and Economic Development and Ferring Pharmaceuticals.

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